Pete Clarke: Constructed Views
CLARKE lives in Liverpool, United Kingdom and is the MA Course Leader
and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Central Lancashire,
Preston. He studied Fine Art Painting and Printmaking at West of England
College of Art, Bristol and then received his MA degree at Chelsea School
has exhibited extensively, with recent exhibitions in Cologne, Hagen,
Rome and Wiesbaden. Old poems and half remembered quotations, industrial
streets and suburban parks, architectural relics, follies and monuments,
the city and the sea create a subject for Pete Clarke’s work.
is a sense of reconciling simultaneous and contradictory viewpoints,
in many ways this is a cubist world, history painting and aesthetic
process mediating the constructed image. He is co-organiser of “Eight
Days a Week”, through which reciprocal exhibitions, projects and
events have been held in Liverpool and Cologne. Recently Clarke has
made paintings, prints and installations with the artist
Georg Gartz from Köln, exploring collaborative strategies within
contemporary practice questioning individuality, authorship and authenticity.
Clarke, Georg Gartz & Pete Clarke
‘Collaboration’ catalogue essay by Bryan Biggs, Director
of Arts, Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool 2000. He cites “Through
this dialogic process a body of painting has emerged which offers us,
not a series of composite impressions of the urban landscape, but a
kind of visual meditation on the city, an amalgam of different perspectives.
The paintings raise questions about how we picture the world, challenging
the notion of a single fixed authorial point of view. They also interrogate
the practice of painting itself through the methodology of the collaborative
approach – the process of applying paint to canvas becoming a
Clarke studied at Burnley Municipal College, Bristol Polytechnic and
M. A. in Fine Art Chelsea School of Art. He is Senior Lecturer in Fine
Art and MA Course Leader at University of Central Lancashire, Preston.
‘Environs - The City as a Site and Sign of Modernity’
‘Eight days a week’, Liverpool with Köln, the artists’
initiative reciprocal exchange project, co organiser and curator since
1998, European City of Culture Project 2008.
‘Collaborations’ a European painting project with Georg
Gartz, Köln since 1998.
‘Ben Patterson and Fluxus’, project coordinator with Liverpool
Art School & Liverpool Community College
‘Unheimlich’, ‘Die Halle’,Wiesbaden, Germany
& Static Gallery, Liverpool, ‘Unheimlich’ was an exhibition
concept uniting British and European Artists.
‘Interface’, Kooperative K, Hagen, Germany & Liverpool
Art School 2003-4, Interface explores European artists working in collaboration,
challenging concepts of originality and authenticity through dialogue
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Exhibitions 1981- 2002
'Prints & Drawings', Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool.
'Social Studies', Pentonville Gallery, London.
'City Observations', Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool.
'Constructed Views', Rochdale Art Gallery.
'Artist in Residence: Kelvin Flats', Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield.
'Streets & Institutions', Scott Gallery, Lancaster University.
'Colonial Buildings: The Architecture of Power', Harris Museum &
Art Gallery, Preston.
'Environs: Structure: Gestures', The Arts Centre, Darlington.
'Letters to Language', Cornerhouse, Manchester.
‘Capital’, New End Gallery, Hampstead, London.
‘Paintings and Moments’, University of Liverpool Gallery
‘flowers and follies’, C/o Galerie Thomas Zander, Köln,
‘City of ships and stores’, No 37, University of Central
‘numberless islands’, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight.
with Köln Artist Georg Gartz 1998 - 2004
Galerie Lichthof, Köln & Huyton Gallery, Merseyside.
‘Die Brücke’, Atelier, Nippes, Köln.
‘Responses’ Bilderrahmen Werkstatt, Köln
‘Chatting with colours’ Kunstwerk Kunstschalter E.V., Köln.
‘Collaborators’, Residency project in Graphic Arts, Liverpool
‘Interface’, ‘Kooperative K’, Hagen, Germany.
‘Crash 1’, VHS Köln, Germany
‘Zwischenraum: wir’, Gummersbach, Germany.
in Major British and German Public and Private Collections
Liverpool University, Leicester Education Authority, Sheffield City
Art Galleries, Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead, National Museums
and Galleries on Merseyside and Arts Council of England.
Group Exhibitions 1985 -1990
in the City', Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
'Human Interest', Cornerhouse, Manchester.
'Print 86' Printmaker's Council’, The Barbican Centre, London.
‘Connections', Cornerhouse, Manchester & Bluecoat Gallery,
City Life', Cornerhouse, Manchester.
'Urban Views', Turnpike Gallery, Leigh.
‘BBK - Bundesverband Bildender Kunstler’, Cologne, Germany.
'State of the Nation', Herbert Gallery, Coventry.
‘Facades: Faces of the City', Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
'Depicting History for Today', Mappin, Sheffield: Leeds City and Rochdale
'Current Work - A Reputation Amongst Artists', Selected with Peter de
Francia and Sonia Lawson,
Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield.
'Work from the Permanent Collection', Sheffield City Art Galleries.
Group Exhibitions 1990 - 2000
Story to Tell - Narrative in British Art', Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield.
'A Pool of Signs', Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool.
'Artists at Work', Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
'Codenames', 3-Month Gallery, Liverpool.
‘Provocative Prints’, New End Gallery, London.
‘Engagement - Eight Days a Week’, Lichthof Gallery, Cologne.
‘Glitter’, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool.
Group Exhibitions 2000 - 04
Place’, Storey Institute’, Lancaster.
‘Unheimlich’ Die Halle, Wiesbaden
‘nothing but the facts’ Lavatoio Contumaciale, Rome.
‘Remembering Utopia’, Salerno, Italy.
‘Kultur & Natur, Höhen Art’, Site Sculpture, Simonskall,
‘Arena Gallery’, Liverpool
‘Crash 2, New Painting’ VHS, Köln.
‘New Painting’ ‘Liverpool Biennial’.
Views’, Rochdale Art Gallery 1984.
‘Working Images’, Liverpool Artists Workshop 1985.
‘Human Interest, 50 Years of British Art’ Norbert Lynton,
Cornerhouse Publications 1985.
‘Urban Views’, Turnpike Gallery 1986.
‘Connections’, Cornerhouse Publications 1986.
‘State of the Nation’, Sarah Selwood 1987.
‘Now for the Future’, Arts Council Acquisitions 1984-1988
‘Letters to Language’, Cornerhouse Publications 1996.
‘Paintings and Moments’, Pam Meecham, University of Liverpool
‘Eight days a week’, Köln/Liverpool 1998&2000
‘Collaborations’, A project by Pete Clarke & Georg Gartz,
‘Unheimlich’, Static Publications 2001.
‘Unheimlich’, [a-n] For Artists, September 2001
‘teach the children nothing but facts’ Lavatoio Contumaciale,
‘Liverpool Biennial’, [a-n] For Artists, September 2002
‘Internationale Kunstausstellung’, 2003.
‘A-N for artists’, Guest preview writer for August Edition
Routledge Books , Advisor for media and cultural studies.
‘The Treasures of Liverpool’ Five Arts Cities, Channel Five
& Arts Council of England.
Lectures / Conferences
‘Eight days a week’ Liverpool Town Hall 2000.
‘American abstraction’, Tate Gallery, Liverpool 2001.
‘Formal Situations’, Tate Gallery, Liverpool 2003.
‘Michel Majerus Pop Reloaded’, Tate Gallery, Liverpool 2004.
‘Rhinegold – Liverpool& Cologne’, Tate Gallery,
‘In Conversation with Mark Wallinger’, Tate Gallery, Liverpool
‘Impact/ Kontakt’, Printmaking Conference, Berlin &
Poznan, Poland 2005.
Days A Week
>> basement Project, History into
basement, Liverpool, England
>> Bryan Biggs, Artist and Director
of the Bluecoats Art Centre, Liverpool, England.
>> Dave Bixter, Artist and Co-Founder
of Dying Frog, Liverpool, England.
>> James Buso, Artist and part
of Royal Standard, Liverpool, England.
>> Pete Clarke, Artist and Head
of Fine Art at UCLAN (Preston), Liverpool, England.
Alan Dunn, Artist and associated to Tenant Spin and FACT, Liverpool,
>> Lin Holland, Artist and Lecturer
at Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, England.
>> Julie Jones, Artist and affiliate
to Arena Studios, Liverpool, England.
>> Tony Knox, Artist and Curatorial
Researcher for Podgy, Liverpool, England.
>> Paul Luckraft, Artist, Liverpool,
>> George Lund, Artist and Founder
of Animal Utopia, Liverpool, England.
>> Susan Leask, Artist and Co-Curator
of basement, Liverpool, England.
>> Geoff Molyneux, Artist and
Lecturer at Liverpool Community College, Liverpool, England.
>> Neil Morris, Artist and Lecture
at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, England.
Margaretha Schoening, Artist and Co-Curator of basement, Liverpool,
>> Gaynor Evelyn Sweeney,
Artist and Founder of Transvoyeur, Liverpool, England.
>> Adam Webster, Liverpool Musician
and part of Frakture, Liverpool, England.
>> Georg Gartz, Artist, Cologne,
>> Jurgen Kisters, Writer, Art
Critic and Journalist, Cologne, Germany.
>> Veronika Moos Brockhagen,
Artist, Cologne, Germany.
>> Kolner Stadt Enzieger, Cologne, Germany.
>> Tine Wille, Artist, Cologne,